“At the end of the day, we’re going back to City Hall.” - Dr. Willie W. Herenton, former Memphis mayor and current mayoral candidate.
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Former Memphis mayor eyes those ‘left out of this economy’ as he seeks return to mayor’s office

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “I met a brother on the street who asked me why I was running again at my age,” the 78-year-old Herenton said to the crowd gathered inside the South Memphis venue at 3356 South Third St. on Saturday afternoon. “I told him two reasons…because I want to, and because I can.” […read more]

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Community

OP-ED: Vigils aren’t the answer to stopping crime

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — There was a vigil held in Bessemer on Monday night on behalf of more than 100 victims of violent crime from western Jefferson County.  Those who organized the vigil were well intended and did no harm – but I wonder how much good it did.  This vigil followed the form of many others with local elected officials speaking on the impact of gunfire in our communities and families talking about the never-ending pain. No disrespect to the families, but we also need to talk about the cause of violence in our communities. […read more]

After her landslide victory, Lori Lightfoot speaks to her supporters as the Chicago’s first Black female mayor.
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What Does the Lightfoot Election Mean for Chicago’s Black Businesses?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “While Mayor Lightfoot will be in control, she faces decades of racism, sexism and corruption ingrained in the city’s systems. She will need continued support to affect real change,” In Our Own Voice founder, president and CEO Marcela Howell said. “Those who joined together to elect Lightfoot must now band with her to address the systemic oppression that cripples Chicago and threatens Black communities.” […read more]

Taraji P. Henson (Photo: Splash News)
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Taraji P. Henson reveals shocking news on Jussie Smollet’s ‘Empire’ role

Rollingout.com — Smollett initially faced 64 years in prison after prosecutors claimed that he lied about an attack he reported as a hate crime. He had told police he was assaulted at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted homophobic and racist slurs at him and put a noose around his neck. In the more detailed account, he claimed that he fought back and that one of the attackers was White. […read more]

Nipsey Hussle memorial area at South Los Angeles store, the Marathon Clothing. (Photo by: Wiki Commons)
Crime

Rapper’s death is part of recent spike in shootings

WAVE NEWSPAPERS — The death of rapper Nipsey Hussle came during a week that saw a spike in shootings that prompted three City Council members to introduce a motion at the April 2 City Council meeting asking the police department and the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development to report on the recent surge and the department’s strategy on responding to the increase. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
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GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

Politics

Selma SCLC Protests Closing Legal Services Office Serving Black Belt Region

by Rev. Franklin Fortier Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Selma Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is protesting the Legal Services Corporation, of Alabama’s  recent announcement that it will close two of its nine offices and terminate eight of Read More